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Right. That's the topic. I'm not sure whether it's a good topic, but I'll start.

The 1980s.

At least, that's what I arrive at when considering all the DVDs I own. Start a year or two early to get in Animal House, and maybe add a year or two, and you've got a good decade with some excellent comedy that hasn't gotten old.

Compare it to modern humor: I just don't laugh. I watched The Hangover a few days ago and only laughed out loud twice, which for me is pretty weak.

So it's the 1980s.

IMO.

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I don't get to watch movies that much, but the modern comedies that I see suck.
I saw the Hangover, ...it sucked.
I recently saw Dinner for Schmucks, ...it REALLY sucked
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See The Roommate, now that was really funny... Must have been the people I saw it with, once one person starts laughing it's all over and everything seems funny.
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I got to check the dates but I really liked Rat Race, Orange County, Without A Paddle and even Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.
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Most definitely the 1930's. It all begins with the shorts before the main feature.

The way comedy is handled in films these days generally assures any reviews/recommendations made in polite company are sure to be less dotted with accurate reinactments of dialogue, and more likely sufficed with, "You just have to see it."
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The 1940's
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When did Beerfest come out?

You're probably right about the 80's. Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Meatballs, Blues Brothers...
I could go on all day with the great comedies put out in that decade.
Bill Murray in his comedy prime.

I do love the old silents also though.
Chaplin, Keaton, Will Rogers, come on. Awesome.
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90's Dumb And Dumber is a comedy classic
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The decade beginning in 1979 (Life of Brian) and ending in 1988 (A Fish Called Wanda).

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On 2011-03-10 13:39, GlenD wrote:
...Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.


British series or Hollywood pic?
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How about the 20s. The great Keaton classics: Sherlock Jr., Steamboat Bill Jr, The General, Seven Chances; Chaplin's The Kid, The Gold Rush, The Circus; Harold Lloyd's Safety Last And The Freshman. Just a beginning. Hard to match I think.
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I'm torn....I agree with Landmark, Keaton was brilliant as was Harold Lloyd and others, the late 70s and early 80s had some of the best comedies of all time (Animal House, Caddyshack, Blues Brothers, etc). Every decade had gems though.
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I'd pick the 60's because of movies like:

The Odd Couple, The Producers, Dr. Strangelove & Pink Panther.

Go one year either side of that and you've got "Some Like it Hot" and "Mash".
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Mash and catch-22 were great.

I liked the hangover. The highest grossing r rated comedy ever.
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I've never seen Catch-22, the book was great. I enjoyed The Hangover though the concept wasn't believable....a fiance letting her groom go to Vegas like that, riiiiiight. Parts were very funny and I watch it when it is on.
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The newer one with Zack Galafernikalikalukas and Robert Downey Jr was pretty funny.
Not as funny as Beerfest though. Beerfest and Super Troopers are my favorite comedy movies of this millenium.
As for the 70's, MASH was too depressing for me to find it funny.

Wait, no! How could I forget Ricky Bobby!
This millenium:
Beerfest/Ricky Bobby, tied for #1
then Super Troopers.

Didn't Young Frankenstein come out in the 80's too?
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Another vote for the 80's. A Fish Called Wanda, Arthur, Caddyshack, the John Hughes heyday, the Eddie Murphy heyday...
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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Favorites of this millenium: The Devil Wears Prada, The 40 Year Old Virgin, The Hangover, Little Miss Sunshine...
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

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